After North Bergen raid, Sacco leads rally tinged with rage
NORTH BERGEN – The emcee at Monday’s night political rally inside the packed, mirror-walled banquet hall at North Bergen’s Schuetzen Park said it all at the start.
“This is the hottest ticket in town,” the emcee said. “This is the hottest ticket in Hudson County tonight.”
Hudson County has been hot in the news as two of its most prominent politicians have come under attack in recent days. Befitting Hudson’s gladiator political culture, both men figuratively sharpened their swords and raised them at their perceived enemies. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
BurlCo GOP puts up Navy SEAL with hopes of facing Belgard
Hainesport resident Ryan Peters will replace Mt. Holly Mayor Rich DiFolco on the Burlington County Republican’s Freeholder ticket this year and run with Kate Gibbs against incumbent Democratic Freeholders Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz.
Peters is a Navy SEAL who saw multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve, assigned to SEAL Team Eighteen. An associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, concentrating his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on arbitration, breach of contract litigation, international matters and class action litigation, Peters is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist with experience in Anti-Money Laundering compliance and internal investigations. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
North Bergen residents express outrage after AG’s office raids Town Hall, officials say little
NORTH BERGEN – While the reason for the Monday morning raid by officials from the state Attorney General’s Office on North Bergen Town Hall has yet to be determined, some North Bergen residents stood and watched as the raid happened, determined to express their outrage. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly votes to nix Waterfront Commission
TRENTON — Assembly lawmakers today elected to do away with The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor when they passed a bill that would direct the governor to withdraw from the bi-state compact, created in 1953 to combat criminal activity at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
A-3506, which would allow Gov. Chris Christie to break the original compact establishing the commission, leaving New York to fare on its own, was passed unanimously. A similar version of the bill was passed by the Senate in December, and it now heads to the governor’s desk. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Lawmakers condemn state’s $225 million Exxon settlement with SCR158
TRENTON — The Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed a senate resolution today condemning Gov. Chris Chrisite’s decision to settle with Exxon Mobil on a series of environmental damage lawsuits for pennies on the dollar.
SCR158, which “strongly urges” rejection of the proposed $225 million settlement in lawsuits brought by the state against Exxon for natural resource damages at Bayway, Bayonne and other New Jersey oil refineries and sites, is sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-21). Lesniak introduced the bill during the committee’s hearing this morning, calling the final $225 million settlement figure, which is billions of dollars short of the sought after $8.9 billion, “grossly inadequate.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
AG’s Office raids North Bergen Town Hall
NORTH BERGEN – Law enforcement officials with the state Attorney General’s Office moments ago exited the municipal building in North Bergen carting boxes containing materials that sources say they retrieved from the second floor. (Pizarro and Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Hayden offended by federal leak in Menendez case
A veteran criminal attorney from New Jersey on Monday decried as unprecedented and outrageous a federal leak concerning corruption charges allegedly to be filed against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
“I’m offended,” Joe Hayden told PolitickerNJ. “In 40 years in this business, prosecuting cases, I’ve never seen this. It’s unprecedented and it’s offensive. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chunk of New Jersey’s Money From Exxon Settlement Is to Go to Legal Fees
New Jersey’s decision to settle a multibillion-dollar pollution lawsuit with Exxon Mobil Corporation has come under broad criticism, as lawmakers and environmentalists have questioned why the state would agree to accept only $225 million — a small fraction of the $8.9 billion in damages it was seeking in court.
But if the deal is approved, the state will not even get that much: New Jersey’s recovery will most likely total about $180 million or so, after legal fees and costs are deducted, records show. (Weiser/The New York Times)
New Jersey’s PARCC contract with Pearson is $108 million
The pricing on the state’s new Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments might be more complex than the tests themselves.
State officials don’t know how much New Jersey’s complicated, four-year contract for the controversial PARCC testing will actually cost taxpayers, but it could be as much as $108 million.
And that doesn’t include the $13.4 million the state gave to districts for “PARCC readiness,” the money schools have to spend from their own budgets to upgrade technology for the computer-based test or the money the state will spend on science testing PARCC doesn’t cover. (Kachmar/Asbury Park Press)